2017 AAUP Updates

03.17.2017 | Gorsuch Poses Threat to Civil Rights, Workers Rights

Judge Neil Gorsuch has been proclaimed a “natural successor” to former justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court, and, unfortunately, would likely continue Scalia’s work to dismantle many of the protections extended to workers, the public, minorities, and the disabled.

03.06.2017 | New Ban, Same Discrimination

The second Muslim ban is still a discriminatory, exclusionary ban aimed at Muslim-majority countries. It still has a chilling effect on academic freedom and the movement of people and ideas.

02.24.2017 | Political Litmus Tests Have No Place in Higher Ed

Two examples of extreme legislation coming from Iowa and North Carolina call for "ideological balance" among faculty.

02.10.2017 | Mary Burgan, Former AAUP General Secretary, Dies at 81

We note with sadness the death of Mary Burgan, who served as the general secretary of the Association from 1994 until her retirement in 2004. Burgan died in Washington, DC, on January 12 at the age of 81. A memorial event in her honor will take place on March 11.

02.02.2017 | Block Andrew Puzder Nomination

The AAUP urges the Senate to block the nomination of Andrew Puzder as secretary of labor. Puzder has opposed paid sick leave, overtime pay, and raising the minimum wage, and he is an opponent of the right of workers to organize unions.

01.31.2017 | Targeted Online Harassment of Faculty

The AAUP issued a statement, "Targeted Online Harassment of Faculty," to address increasing concerns about efforts to intimidate and harass faculty. The statement includes recommendations for administrations, governing boards, faculty bodies, and individual faculty members.

01.30.2017 | Reject Betsy DeVos's Nomination

We urge the United States Senate to reject Betsy DeVos’s nomination as education secretary. In both ideology and practice she has violated the principles of quality education that the AAUP has defended for over a century.

01.30.2017 | Jeff Sessions Unfit for Attorney General

The AAUP urges the Senate not to confirm Jeff Sessions as US Attorney General. His voting record in the US Senate demonstrates his disregard for many of the laws and programs he would be responsible for enforcing as attorney general.

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